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National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices (Level 6)



This qualification is aimed at Learning and Development (L&D) Practitioners entering the L&D field.

South Africa is focused on key priorities for the early part of the 21st century – strengthening its position as a global economic player. L&D practices in the country will either support these goals or increasingly be relegated to the side-lines. One of the key constraints is a lack of skills linked to priority growth areas.

Enrolment requirements:

• A tertiary qualification in any discipline with any reputable university
or university of technology (including all previous technikons); or
• A National Diploma in OD-ETD Practices through a university,
university of technology or the Institute of People Development (IPD); &
• More than two years of experience in a HRD, HRM or L&D role
in an adult education or skills development environment.
• All learners participating in this programme are required to hold at
least a national diploma and several years of relevant workplace
experience; and to meet rigorous entry criteria. This is your
opportunity to spend a year in dialogue with some of the most
talented, senior Learning and Development (L&D) professionals in
South Africa.

Applicants must have access to a workplace where the learning may be applied so as to produce evidence to be included in a portfolio for assessment of competence.


This qualification is for those who are qualified at Certificate, Diploma or Degree level within the Higher Education and Training (HET) band in an academic or occupational area, and wish to act in a variety of Education, Training and Development (ETD) related roles at a high level. This Certificate will enable a person to achieve recognition for Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development (ODETD) competencies at a high level without needing to acquire a Degree in ETD. The Certificate includes competencies across all the ETD roles, with the opportunity to specialise at a high level in two or more of the following roles:

  • Learning Design and Development.
  • Learning Facilitation.Assessment.
  • Strategic Management.
  • Quality Assurance.
  • Standards Setting and Qualification Design.
  • Skills Development Facilitation.

Course Modules:

  • Understanding the Context
  • Conducting Research
  • Defining & Evaluating Standards & Qualifications
  • Analysing Needs & Planning and Designing Learning
  • Facilitating Learning in Routine & Complex Situations
  • Learning Programme Design and Materials Development
  • Engaging in & Promoting Assessment Practices


This course consists of self-directed online learning (video lectures followed by completion of various tasks and activities), coupled with facilitator/tutor support over Telegram group chat, Telegram individual chat and six scheduled Zoom group support sessions over a three week period. 

Level 6: 145 Credits

The table below outlines the unit standards and exit level outcomes, covered during this qualification. This qualification can be achieved through RPL.

115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment 
NQF 5 – 15 Credits
114924  Demonstrate understanding of the outcomes-based education and training approach within the context of a National Qualifications Framework 
NQF 5 – 5 Credits
15217  Develop an organisational training and development plan 
NQF 5 – 6 Credits
123397  Evaluate a learning intervention using given evaluation instruments 
NQF 5 – 10 Credits
117871  Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies 
NQF 5 – 10 Credits
117874  Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities 
NQF 5 – 6 Credits
15221  Provide information and advice regarding skills development and related issues 
NQF 5 – 4 Credits
15218  Conduct an analysis to determine outcomes of learning for skills development and other purposes 
NQF 6 – 4 Credits
117856  Define standards for assessment, education, training, and development 
NQF 6 – 8 Credits
123392  Design and develop instruments to evaluate education, training and development 
NQF 6 – 12 Credits

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